Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathi’s 47th Remembrance Day was observed in our Gandhiniketan Ashram on 13.6.2016. A special prayer was conducted at 6.00 A.M. in our Manimandapam. After the prayer Dr.V.Ragupathi, Governing Body Member delivered Remembrance Day message. In his talk he told that today is our founder’s 47th Remembrance Day. In 1942 our founder was arrested for Quit India Movement by the British. Kamarajar, Rajaji, Rajendra Prasad, Jayaprakash Narayanan all those great leaders visited this Institution. So this place is a sacred place. Our founder went to prison at the age of twenty one. This Institution was started only for the development of village industries. In 1945 to 1948 Dr.J.C.Kumarappa was the advisor of the village development service. We should follow the services of our founder. That is the real tribute to him.
At 9.00 A.M. “Namasangeerthanam” was organized by our Ashram group. After that Smt.P.Thilagavathi, Governing Body Member delivered Remembrance Day message at “Shanthivanam”. In her talk she told that our founder was the Secretary to the Rural Development Scheme. That was the very highest post. Through the post he did many best activities to the society.
In 1940 he started the Institution only to give practice to the freedom fighters. He was the true follower of Gandhiji. He wanted people also to follow the principles of Gandhiji. Education does not mean only books. It must taught moral values and Basic Education Our Institution is a Banyan Tree. The supporting roots are students. One day these supporting roots will be changed into main root.
So, we have to fulfill our founder’s dream. We should work whole heartedly with dedication. She asked all to pray for a minute to adopt our founders noble qualities as simplicity, village service and obedience. Then we all paid a floral tribute to our founder at its samathi. In the meantime “Relay Spinning” was going on.
The Remembrance day meeting was started at 10.00 A.M. in our Auditorium. In the meeting our Ashram Secretary Smt.V.Radha, Governing Body Member, Dr.V.Ragupathi and Smt.P.Thilagavathi, our Chief Guest Dr.A.Srinivasan, well wishers of our Ashram Sri.K.M.Natarajan, Thiru.M.P.Gurusamy, Former Dean of Madurai Medical College, retired teachers. Our Administrative Officer Sri.M.Nagarajan, all the teachers and staff of Gandhiniketan Ashram and all the students participated.
Smt.V.Radha, Secretary welcomed the gathering. The Chief Guest Dr.A.Srinivasan and our new Governing Body Member Smt.P.Thilagavathi were honoured by our Secretary Smt.V.Radha Akka and Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya with Khadi Ponnadai.
Our Ashram President Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami Ayya delivered Remembrance Day introduction. In his talk he told today is also the most important day in the history of our Ashram. Our founder had not completed sixty years. Before that he had achieved many good deeds. He had many noble qualities. We have to follow them.That is the best way to remember him.
Dr.V.Ragupathi , Governing Body Member delivered presidential address. In his address he remembered our founder’s wife Smt.V.Meenakshi Ammal. She is now hundred years old. She encouraged our founder in all his Social Activities. Our founder was the only person who served 17 years as a President of Rural Development. During his tenure all the Villages developed in many fields.
The special address was given by Dr.A.Srinivasan, Ex.H.O.D., Tamil Grammer Dept., Madurai Kamaraj University , Madurai. In his address he talked about the freedom fighters Like Bharathiar, V.O. Chithambaranar, Subramania Siva, Kamarajar, Kumarasamy Raja and Bakthavatchalam. Our Founder was impressed by the above leaders.
On 13.4.1930 at the age of twenty one our Founder inaugurated village Volunteer Committee”, only for the development of the villages. If we develop village then only our country will automatically develop.
On 28.4.1940 Dr.T.S.S.Rajan laid foundation to our institution. On Seventeenth January Thiru.O.P.Ramasamy Reddiar, Former First Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu inaugurated our Pre-Basic School. Sri.Sarthar Vedarathinam Pillai was the person who started our Ashram.
Bharathiar and Thiruvalluvar were two hands of our founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy. He also insisted our teachers to give education with Self confidence. He stressed that Education must inculcate discipline, Self Confidence, Culture and humanistic touch. That kind of service is the best education. He criticized the politicians for making education as business. Our Institution is an exeption. We should be proud of it.
Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathi Higher Secondary School, delivered vote of Thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.